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Frequently Asked Questions

Membership

For High School Students:

  • ACT composite of 24 or higher.
  • SAT of 1670 or higher.
  • Ranked in the upper 10% of high school class
  • A 90 or above average in high school academic (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies) courses.

For Currently Enrolled UTPA Students/Transfer Students:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 at UTPA.
  • 12 credit hours earned at UTPA (can include AP/CLEP, and concurrent enrollment hours).

*These criteria only indicate eligibility. Admittance to the Honors Program is based on the overall strength of the application, vita, and letters of recommendation based on the assessment and judgment of the Honors Director.

You must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above and take at least one Honors course each semester.

Being a member of the GHP has many benefits, both tangible and intangible. Guerra Honors Program students enjoy…

  • Small class sizes that promote interaction with outstanding faculty.
  • Enrichment through special events such as local and national speakers, professional seminars, and community service projects.
  • Eligibility to join Eta Omicron Nu Honor Society (HON).
  • Extended lending library privileges.
  • Educational travel opportunities through the Honors Study Abroad Program.
  • Honors Program scholarship opportunities.
  • Notation on your transcript and your diploma that you have completed the University Honors Program

Admission to the Guerra Honors Program is not automatic. However, students are encouraged to apply to the program based on several academic criteria including class rank (ranked in the upper 10 percent of high school class), high school weighted and unweighted grade point averages (a 90 or above average in high school academic -- English, Math, Science, and Social Studies -- courses), SAT scores (1670 and better), and ACT scores (24 and better). The electronic application can be found here. Should you have any questions, please call (956) 665-3461.

While you maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher and continue to make progress toward your required hours and course work, you remain active and in "good standing" with the GHP. If your GPA falls below 3.5, you are no longer eligible for participation in the GHP. If your cumulative GPA falls below 3.5 but remains above 3.3, you will be placed on probation (no exceptions) and have one semester (Fall or Spring) to regain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. If at the end of that semester you have not achieved a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA, you will no longer be able to participate in the GHP. If, however, you subsequently raise your GPA to a 3.5 or better, you may apply for readmission to GHP.

Yes, you may. Generally, students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 after the first semester and/or first year are encouraged to apply to join GHP.

Courses

No. However, it is the expectation of the program that 20% of the total courses you take at UTPA will be Honors Courses.

No. The only courses required for the GHP are the HONR I & II, HONR 3187, HONR3387, HONR 4387, depending when you were accepted into the program. Please see below on the GHP requirements.

No. The classes may be taken in any order that is appropriate to your schedule.

Talk to the Director of the GHP about obtaining a waiver for that course.

"The Guerra Honors Program at UTPA is pleased to announce an expansion in curricular options. Students may now choose to complete their Honors education by choosing one of three different tracks, as explained below."

All Guerra Honors Students are eligible to graduate under any one of the following three tracks:

Track 1: “HONORS” (21 Hours Minimum)

   HONR 2387 Humanities I (3 Hours)

   HONR 2388 Humanities II (3 Hours)

   HONR 3380 Honors Practicum (3 Hours)

   Three Upper-Division Honors or Honors-by-Contract Courses (9 Hours)

   One Honors Elective—Upper or Lower Division (3 Hours)

 
Track 2: “HONORS WITH DISTINCTION” (25 Hours Minimum)

   HONR 2387 Humanities I (3 Hours)

   HONR 2388 Humanities II (3 Hours)

   HONR 3380 Honors Practicum (3 Hours)

   HONR 3187 Honors Seminar - Problems in Independent Study (1 Hour)

   HONR 3387 Honors Seminar - Independent Studies (3 Hours)

   HONR 4387 Honors Seminar - Independent Studies (3 Hours)

   Three Upper-Division Honors or Honors-by-Contract Courses (9 Hours)

 
Track 3: “HONORS WIH HIGHEST DISTINCTION”*** (28 Hours Minimum)

   HONR 2387 Humanities I (3 Hours)

   HONR 2388 Humanities II (3 Hours)

   HONR 3380 Honors Practicum (3 Hours)

   HONR 3187 Honors Seminar - Problems in Independent Study (1 Hour)

   HONR 3387 Honors Seminar - Independent Studies (3 Hours)

   HONR 4387 Honors Seminar - Independent Studies (3 Hours)

   Three Upper-Division Honors or Honors-by-Contract Courses (9 Hours)

   One Honors Elective—Upper or Lower Division (3 Hours)

 

NOTE: For Track 2 and Track 3, the senior honors thesis, capstone practicum, and/or other creative component will be defended before a minimum of three UTPA faculty members selected to serve as the student's committee. The student arranges his or her committee in consultation with the Director of the Guerra Honors Program.

***“Honors with Highest Distinction” will be determined and awarded by the Guerra Honors Program Director and based on GPA, the quality of the Honors Thesis, and the Honors Portfolio. Additionally, the Honors Director will determine the degree and the quality of the student’s service participation.

 

Funding

Yes. Scholarships are available on the basis of an academic year, there are summer scholarships, and there are Study Abroad Scholarships.

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